As we see another car dealership fire in Birmingham over the Christmas period (see link below) we ask is your dealership prepared and protected in the event of an emergency? We all know that running a dealership can be a stressful and active existence, fire safety probably does not get considered on a daily basis but it is important to know that you have the right protection in place. In the event of a fire, you will have to consider loss of stock, loss of premises and potentially injuries to staff and the public – better to build a plan that eliminates as much of the threat of fire as possible.
So what can you do to mitigate the chances of a fire starting and the effects of one if it the worst occurs? Impeller have developed a practical 4 step guide to ensure you are protected:
- 1. Fire Risk Assessment Review – re-read your FRA, check the author’s credentials and training and possibly get an independent review of the plan.
- 2. Training & Awareness – ensure you have a good proportion of your staff trained on fire safety awareness as well a team of appointed Fire Wardens. This will help to raise awareness and vigilance on a daily basis to the threats of fire including arson.
- 3. Ensure you identify all significant hazards eg. cutting equipment, combustibles and paint spraying booths and ensure they are protected and working properly with testing regime in accordance with manufacturers guidelines.
- 4. Invite the Fire Services business safety team in to visit your premises – they can help with practical advice and raise their knowledge of the site in preparedness for an emergency.
As a provider of fire safety solutions we can help with you with your legislative requirements as well as help to protect your business from the dangers of a fire. We also regularly help businesses design and implement robust business continuity plans, so that in the worst case scenario the business can operate and serve customers. Please get in touch on 0191 4442000 to find out how we can help achieve this.
- Fire Damaged Vehicle